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Interviews with Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malin, James Rosenquist and others help to illuminate the life and work of Warhol contemporary Ray Johnson.

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Joseph Ialacci ...
Himself - former Sag Harbor Police Chief (as Chief Joseph Ialacci)
Richard Feigen ...
Himself
Frances Beatty ...
Herself - Richard L. Feigen & Co.
Mort Janklow ...
Himself (as Morton Janklow)
Janet Giffra ...
Herself - Johnson's cousin
Richard Lippold ...
Himself
Billy Name ...
Himself
Dorothy Lichtenstein ...
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Himself
Jeanne-Claude ...
Herself
Malka Saffro ...
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Eric Granros ...
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Nick Maravell ...
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Peter Schuyff ...
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Buster Cleveland ...
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The story of the life of artist Ray Johnson is cloaked in mystery not only at the moment of his death, but also throughout a career that was difficult to know and to understand. As one of the seminal figures in the Pop Art era, Johnson is known as the founding father of mail art and as a collagist extraordinaire. But, overshadowed by those like Warhol who manipulated that world in a very dissimilar manner, he was also a reclusive and sometimes enigmatic figure who has been called New York's most famous unknown artist, but who challenged the commercial and critical establishment. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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$2,706 (USA) (12 March 2004)

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An artist as art; death as a disappearing act
1 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This documentary provides a much different angle on the presentation of subject, and this is what makes it exciting. That we cannot ever know Johnson, especially in light of the fact that he has committed suicide, makes the entire exercise all the more intriguing. Interview after interview evinces an all-too-rare character study of someone who simply did not want to be known. The art of this concealment builds to an exhilaratingly creepy conclusion that will be familiar to anyone who has been affected by suicide. How can we think we know someone who commits this unthinkable act? The segments regarding Johnson's rope-a-dope art dealings and coyness about capital is worth the price of admission alone. His influence is everywhere in the art world to this day, and yet few will remember him.


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